Always sleep on your ideas. This week's Roundup includes tips on informational interviews, resumes, and giving feedback. Also, find out why autonomy leads to happiness at work and why you should consider taking a gap year before college.
A Millennial's Field Guide to Mastering Your Career
Drinking the millennial Kool-Aid? Corporate America is now that this generation is taking over the workforce. Millennials, start taking notes: 1) Don’t listen to Peter Theil. Go to college; 2) Don’t expect your employer to be your friend; 3) Develop timeless talents that can’t be automated; 4) Always have a side hustle; and 5) Overcome your stereotype.
How to Get the Most Out of an Informational Interview
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Think like a journalist. Prepare and practice your questions, but don’t stick to a script. Keep your intro short and set the tone. Positive vibes lead to favorable impressions and (possible) referrals. Remember you’re playing the long game. Follow up with gratitude, not demands.
Arianna Huffington's Strategy for Sleeping on an Idea
Got ideas? Sleep on ‘em. It’s scientifically proven. Sleep improves our ability to come up with creative solutions by assisting the brain in flagging unrelated ideas and forging connections among them. Just ask Larry Page, who was struck in the middle of the night with the vision behind Google. Keep calm, and dream on.
Improve Your Résumé by Turning Bullet Points into Stories
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Stories > Bullet Points. To stand out, start your resume with compelling before and after stories about "how" you changed the organizations you worked for. This puts the "what" of your bullet points into context and preps you with the stories you’ll need later for your cover letters and interviews.
The key to happiness at work isn’t money–it’s autonomy
It ain’t about the money, it’s about the power. Studies show that personal autonomy at work correlates to lower turnover, higher engagement, and increased job satisfaction. Managers out there: start loosening the reins on employees by starting small. Find a balance between autonomy and structure, and encourage employees to set their own goals. At the very least, provide a perceived feeling of choice.
The 4-Step Formula for Giving Good Feedback
There’s a right way and a wrong way to deliver feedback. 1) Be specific. “You did not attend our team meeting” is better than saying “You do not contribute to the team.” 2) Be timely. Deliver feedback as soon as possible. 3) Be relevant. Keep it professional and related to the task at hand. 4) Be constructive. Feedback should always be an opportunity to improve.
A gap year gave me more life skills than 13 years of schooling
Malia Obama is taking a gap year. You should too. A gap year can teach you the value of money and give you more confidence, independence, and open-mindedness. It might also provide a rare opportunity to travel and learn about the world before you dive into your college curriculum.
Why Women in Finance and Tech Have a Much Harder Time Getting Pregnant
Fertility varies by occupation. Research by FertilityIQ shows that female investment bankers and tech engineers are 60% less likely to succeed with InVF vs. their peers. On the flipside, teachers are six times more likely to succeed. The research suggests that the fertility drop-off in more male-dominated professions is due to a lack of time, community, and emotional support.